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Posted by David Schott (+15432) 5 months ago
The Texas Club was located at 716 Main Street in downtown Miles City. Montana Cadastral says the building was originally built in 1900.

I know it was the Texas Club then Kelly's Gas Lite/Disco Lounge, then The Drake Lounge, and then it was once again called the Texas Club before permanently closing.

Sad to see it demolished. I had a lot of fun there in the 1980s when it was The Drake Lounge.



























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Posted by Amorette Allison (+10588) 5 months ago
Always sad but interesting to see the layers stripped away. Typical of Miles City, though, no one attempted salvage. Those glass tiles were worth a small fortune.
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+9530) 5 months ago
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Posted by David Schott (+15432) 5 months ago
I don't recall the piano key tile floor that was in front of the bar. Does anyone have insight on that?
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+9530) 5 months ago
If I remember right (and that’s shaky at best), the black tiles were there the entire time that Kelley owned the place - from the late 60s though the 70s.
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Posted by Shu Pius (+1774) 5 months ago
The only thing that surprises me somewhat is that a fire was not the culprit. My memory has it that buildings like El Robo, McDonalds clothing, and more recently the Jewelry store and the Cellar (which was re-built) went up in smoke and flame. I'm not sure when was the last time a building was simply demolished like this as opposed to burned.

Anyway, always a bit sad when a building I remember from "back in the day" goes.

So, what next? Is Stockman Bank going to expand into that space or will it just be an empty space??? The McDonald's store was made into a Veterans Memorial/park, El Robo became a parking lot. Maybe something like that? Any word?
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Posted by Cnn (-54) 5 months ago
Sad to lose old structures like that a lot of history gone .do remember what it was the gas light. Thank you for posting pictures
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Posted by Cnn (-54) 5 months ago
Yes it was called Kelly's gas lite but we always called the gas lite
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Posted by David Schott (+15432) 5 months ago
Thanks, Hal. I suppose that piano key floor was there in the days of The Drake and I just don't remember it. It's been a few years.

Shu, Stockman Bank owns this property and according to an article in the Miles City Star they also own the former Thompson Rexall Drugs building on the corner. "We are planning to build a new unit where the Texas Club was and then expanding to add additional office space," is a quote from Stockman Bank's Stan Markuson taken from the article.

You might recall the Log Cabin Bar (demolished in 2001) and NZ Shoes Store ("Strong Block" building - demolished in 2002) that used to be between the Texas Club and Stockman Bank. Those were both demolished (not destroyed by fire) to make way for a Stockman Bank expansion. Similarly the Log Cabin Cafe went away sometime in the 1970s (?) also to allow for a Stockman Bank expansion.

The jewelry store (formerly John Stockhill Jewelers, now MC Jewelry) survived the fire that took out much of the north side of the 700 block of Main St.

A new dental clinic building (McFarland Family Dentistry) was erected on a portion of the space formerly occupied by the ElRobo Building.

Oh, and the Bean Bag grocery store was razed (not destroyed by fire) to make way for an expansion to the M&H parking lot.
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Posted by Shu Pius (+1774) 5 months ago
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David Schott wrote:
Shu, Stockman Bank owns this property and according to an article in the Miles City Star they also own the former Thompson Rexall Drugs building on the corner. "We are planning to build a new unit where the Texas Club was and then expanding to add additional office space," is a quote from Stockman Bank's Stan Markuson taken from the article.

You might recall the Log Cabin Bar (demolished in 2001) and NZ Shoes Store ("Strong Block" building - demolished in 2002) that used to be between the Texas Club and Stockman Bank. Those were both demolished (not destroyed by fire) to make way for a Stockman Bank expansion.


Thanks, I had forgotten about Log Cabin and NZ Shoes, though it's true that fire has taken a few businesses on Main and also on Valley Drive East over the years.

Are you sure Stockman owns the former Rexall Drug store though? I thought Miles Milligan owns that property. In fact, he and his wife lived in the apartments above that a few years ago...then again, as he's gotten older he may have decided to sell it to the bank?
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Posted by David Schott (+15432) 5 months ago
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Shu Pius wrote:
Are you sure Stockman owns the former Rexall Drug store though?

I got my information from the Miles City Star:

Miles City Star / Derrick Calhoun wrote:
Stockman Bank purchased the property, formerly owned by Rick Flotkoetter.

Flotkoetter purchased the building in 1999.

The Texas Club closed down nearly four-years ago.

According to Stan Markuson, Miles City Market President at Stockman Bank, they also own the corner unit that was formerly the Rexall Drug building.

“We are planning on building a new unit where the Texas Club was and then expanding to add additional office space,” Markuson said.
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Posted by Earl Bennett (+843) 5 months ago
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per Montana Cadestral Rick is still listed as property owner of Texas Club site, Thompson's was modified in Aug 2016 as being owned by Stockmans.
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Posted by MontanaMeg (+120) 5 months ago
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Earl Bennett wrote:
per Montana Cadestral Rick is still listed as property owner of Texas Club site, Thompson's was modified in Aug 2016 as being owned by Stockmans.


The sale of the Texas Club building was just finalized in the weeks before the demolition so I'm sure the Cadastral hasn't been updated.
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Posted by David Schott (+15432) 5 months ago
Here's another exterior shot of Kelly's Gaslite. This was sent to me by Gary Coffrin. Gary couldn't remember the original source of this photo. He estimated it was taken in around 1975. In 1977 the facade was updated to say Kelly's Disco Lounge so this was pre-1977.

Gary thought that a Miles City guy by the name of Joe Berg did the hand-painted lettering on the facade.


[Click the photo to open the IMGUR site, then click the photo on IMGUR for a larger view.]
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Posted by David Schott (+15432) 5 months ago
Not sure if the tile on the facade of Kelly's was "Vitrolite" or not but here is an interesting story about Vitrolite:

The Oklahoman: Glassed from the past: Two keep craft of Vitrolite installation alive
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+10588) 5 months ago
Yup. It was Vitrolite. There are still a few tiles around the pillar at Big Sky Pharmacy and smaller black and green ones in the Montana Theatre lobby.
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